Prince William watches the World Cup in Prince of Jordan’s awesome pad

MICHEL GANGNE

MICHEL GANGNE

The Duke of Cambridge has embarked on a five day solo tour of the Middle East, where he is visiting Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Prince WIlliam, Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandson and second in line for the British throne, is due to arrive in Israel Monday as part of a five-day visit to the Middle East.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is set to meet with representatives of four Israeli technology startups during his visit to Israel, the United Kingdom embassy in Israel announced Sunday.

Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein, right, receives Prince William at Marka Airport in Amman. He is meeting with young scientists, refugees and political leaders in a tumultuous region Britain controlled between the two world wars.

Prince William will also deliver a speech at a Queen's birthday party at the British ambassador's residence.

Prince William is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport on Monday following two days in Jordan.

He'll meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah at a time of widening rifts between the two sides.

Prince William sat down to watch a recording of England's historic World Cup game with the Crown Prince of Jordan Al-Hussein bin Abdullad II, and the world has fallen in love with another prince.

East Jerusalem's Old City - home to a number of holy sites revered by Muslims, Christian, and Jews alike - was annexed by Israel in 1967 in a move never recognized by the worldwide community. The princess has been recognized by Yad Vashem as "Righteous Among the Nations" for hiding a Jewish woman and her two children in Athens during World War II.

Ahead of William's arrival, the official schedule's reference to east Jerusalem as "in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" sparked particular anger among some right-wing Israeli politicians.

While members of the royal family have never made official state visits to Israel, Prince William's father Prince Charles was in Israel twice, but only to attend funerals: Yitzhak Rabin's in 1995 and Shimon Peres's in 2016.

The British Royal then headed straight to Fablabs, an initiative by the Crown Prince's foundation to equip young entrepreneurs with the technology they need to realise their ambitions.

William later had dinner with his host the Crown Prince at his home, where the duke also stayed, and the pair watched England thrash Panama 6-1.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said she welcomes William's visit to the West Bank as a chance to see Palestinian reality under Israeli occupation first hand.

According to Kensington Palace, during his five-day visit, Prince William "is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region".

During the reception, which marked the Queen's birthday, William spoke about the Duchess: "My wife Catherine is very sorry she can not be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the nearly three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman".